Highlighting Developmental Disabilities

By Director Barbara Palmer

Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet will officially declare March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Florida. Individuals have always been born with developmental disabilities (DD); however, society has only recently begun incorporating people with disabilities completely into everyday life. At the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), our mission is to ensure those with DD have the same opportunities as anyone else to participate in their communities.

Capitol Activities

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) will be involved in several events at the Capitol in Tallahassee this month. APD will be a major participant in Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day and Transportation Disadvantaged Day on March 20.

Children’s Day will be celebrated on March 26, followed by Senior Day on March 27.  APD will host an informational booth at all these events. Stop by if you’re at the Capitol!

Tallahassee’s Night to Shine

The Tim Tebow Foundation hosted its annual Night to Shine Prom at over 350 venues across the country last month. Due to tremendous community support, Tallahassee’s Prom has grown to be one of the largest in the nation. Several hundred attendees, parents, volunteers, and community leaders participated in this year's event. It was held at The Pavilion at The Centre of Tallahassee. 

Unique Abilities Wants You!

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is promoting the Florida Unique Abilities Partner Program, created to recognize Florida businesses and organizations that employ individuals with disabilities or contribute to disability advocacy groups. These businesses have made it a priority to support the disability community by encouraging them to utilize their talents.

SportsAbility April 12-13

If you are interested in being more involved in recreational activities, SportsAbility is a great opportunity to learn more about indoor and outdoor sports for individuals with disabilities. SportsAbility is the premier event of the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA), a nonprofit organization that works to enrich lives through accessible, inclusive recreation.

A Job Means Smiles and Independence

There’s nothing better than a friendly face helping during a shopping spree. Karla Macy loves filling that role for shoppers in the Miami area.

Around the State

Pensacola Wheelchair Ramp Pilot Program

After receiving a ramp build referral from the APD office in Pensacola, the Pensacola Civitan Club completed Wheelchair Ramp Project #476 last month at the home of Kendrick Larry. Kendrick’s family relocated to Pensacola after losing their home to Hurricane Michael in Panama City.

Tacachale Valentine’s Ball

Tacachale’s annual Valentine’s Ball took place on February 14. The energetic and creative Tacachale Integrated Programs and Services team plan and produce this memorable event, one of the most popular activities of the year. 

Steven Schneider

We would like to introduce you to one of our amazing customers, Steven Schneider. Stephen is a handsome, outgoing young man who has a lot to be proud of. He has, in recent months, achieved many of his personal goals.

Outing at Whispering Meadows Ranch in Flagler County

Last month, a group from Indian Trails Middle School in Palm Coast sponsored an outing with members of Fun Coast Down Syndrome Association to enjoy some great outdoors activities.

Connecting the Dots

Join us for our fifth-annual Connecting the Dots conference on Wednesday, April 10, 9-1 pm at the Schultz Center. The keynote speaker this year is Sean McElwee, cast member from the hit television series, “Born This Way.”

TaxWatch Productivity Award Nominations Due April 8

The TaxWatch Productivity Awards (formerly the Prudential or Davis Productivity Awards) publicly recognize and reward state employees and teams whose work increases productivity. The submission should promote innovation to improve the delivery of services or save money for Florida taxpayers and businesses who work with the state of Florida.

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